ATTACK OF THE KILLER SHREWS! (2016) Reviews and overview

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Attack of the Killer Shrews! is a 2016 comedy horror film written and directed by Ken Cosentino. The movie stars Jonathan Rogers, Bill Kennedy and Elizabeth Houlihan. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek remake of The Killer Shrews (1959).

Small town Sheriff Martin Blake, movie starlet Fiona Rae and others defend the world from an onslaught of giant killer shrews…

“It’s hard to say whether the intentionally crude productive values and constant winks to the audience can rival the lightning-in-a-bottle “what were they thinking?!” lunacy of the original. Perhaps this remake’s self-awareness makes it lose an element of comedy. It expects us to laugh with it rather than at it, which is a much harder style of comedy to make.” Dark Universe

“Sadly, the movie is unable to sustain itself for the entire 85-minute runtime. Many ongoing gags are never funny or become tiresome. The biggest irritation is that every time “killer shrews” is said, the character will break the fourth wall, directly look at the camera, and over-enunciate it dramatically.” Film Threat

“Even being entirely aware that it was as low budget and lo-fi a film as you can get, I have to say that I was rather disappointed with Attack of the Killer Shrews!  […] While it does indeed partly pay homage to the film that inspired, it’s trying to be a comedy more than anything else, and to this sober viewer mostly failed at that.” Horror Cult Films

“It’s badly acted with terrible special effects and wonky camerawork. But if you know what you’re getting into (again, look no further than the recommendation from Lloyd Kaufman), you’ll find equal parts pleasure and pain as the film goes on. It’s all dumb as hell, but in a good, “I love crap like this” sort of way.” Horrorfreak News

“As the original film, this one was done on a shoestring and with not totally convincing special effects – and to be honest, sometimes the lack of quality with the creature effects is a bit too obvious in this movie. But that said, the film’s still tons of fun…” Search My Trash

“There are a ton of laughs to be had in this movie, both with it, and at its expense, but it’s worth watching, especially with other people. I watched it alone and found the second half dragging, which would have been alleviated by having some friends to laugh at it with.” UK Horror Scene

Though it reportedly took two years to edit and release, Attack of the Killer Shrews! was apparently shot in just two weeks on a budget of approximately just $2,000.


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